2014 brought stunning changes, and 2015 may well be over before I’ve come to terms with everything, but reading is a constant in my life, and Apple Tree Yard was an engrossing novel that carried me away.
Have you ever asked yourself, why not? Why not do something risky – just once to see what it’s like? The odds are you won’t get caught. Life will go on as before, you will have satisfied your curiosity, and you’ll have the memories to amuse yourself on gray days.
But what if you get hooked? One hit and you’re an addict. That can happen, and that is what happens to the protagonist of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard. An intelligent and successful middle-aged woman sees her well-ordered life unravel because she took a foolish chance that led to a man’s death. There has to be accountability.
Apple Tree Yard is about sexual obsession, the ways we lie to ourselves, and the limits of loyalty. It is also a suspenseful page turner that kept me up late, reading to find out what happens. The novel is written in the first person, and the prose is direct and intelligent, like the protagonist whose mind we occupy. It is highly recommended to readers who enjoy psychological suspense.